As an independent health-driven nonprofit, MedShadow’s mission is to ensure that all people have information on the risks and benefits of medicines and treatments, so they can make the best health care choices for themselves and their families. Separate from any personal, political or religious beliefs, the ruling from the Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 overturning Roe v. Wade has far-reaching health implications.   MedShadow considers pregnancy and abortion solely from the perspective of health care. Pregnancy is not a benign process. It changes every system in the body from circulatory (the amount of blood in your body increases by…

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There is no known cure for coronavirus or COVID-19 yet. However, a new study from Wuhan, China published in JAMA found that treatment with methylprednisolone may be beneficial for patients who develop acute respiratory distress syndrome(ARDS) which is caused by COVID-19. Antibiotics, herbal remedies, and even straight water do not work as a protection or a cure. Untrustworthy people preying on others’ fears are promoting various “cures” on the internet. Please don’t buy and use them.  On the internet, you’ll find teas, essential oils, tinctures and colloidal silver promising to prevent or cure COVID-19. There is no proof that they…

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A new study out today on Vitamin D and pregnancy plus two more studies on how drugs and supplements given to pregnant women affect the fetus and the offspring for years to come.  Be well. Bone Density Taking higher doses of Vitamin D during pregnancy showed a correlation with higher bone density in those children six years later. The higher Vitamin D supplementation was 2800 IU/d (high-dose) vs 400 IU/d (standard-dose) from pregnancy week 24 until 1 week after birth. Of course, speak with your obstetrician before taking high doses of supplements during pregnancy or at any time.  Effect…

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The Link Between Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Common Meds If you are 60+, stop taking these drugs now The evidence is piling up that many common meds can increase or possibly cause dementia and Alzheimer’s (a type of dementia) in those who are 60+. Generally, these are OTC drugs used for sleep, allergies, motion sickness and diarrhea and some prescription anxiety drugs. A list is below. What do they have in common? They are all anticholinergic medicines (pronounced “an-ti-koh-luh-nur-jik”, hear it here. Multiple studies have identified this problem with anticholinergic medicines, but they were small studies. The latest study, in JAMA…

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Think the only way to deal with a child who has ADHD is with a stimulant? Think again. More parenting skills and other resources can help your child out more than you might think. What causes hyperactivity and ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)? A combination of temperament, environment and parenting. The most important factors are parenting skills and resources, especially those that can help create some calm. You can learn them. “I would suggest we can head off many cases of ADHD in the first 2 years of life,” says W. Douglas Tynan, PhD, ABPP, director of Integrated Care at the…

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A 6-question test purports to diagnose ADHD in adults. Can such a simple test screen for ADHD when many of its symptoms are associated with other ailments? I had a terrible time writing this blog today. While I was working, I was texting my sister, making a dentist appointment and helping my kid with his homework. I was restless and kept jumping to my feet for a glass of water or to let the cat out. Even when my blog was done, I couldn’t relax. There were just too many things on my mind. Thank goodness my husband made the…

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The primary ingredient in Benadryl and the secondary ingredient in Tylenol PM is reported to have a cumulative effect in the human brain which can cause as much as a 54% increase in the likelihood of dementia or Alzheimer’s in consumers who use it regularly. This is according to a study published by JAMA, Jan. 26. 2015. 11% of Americans 65 years and older have Alzheimer’s or dementia. A big increase in the likelihood of getting dementia is important. Before we all panic, Benadryl (and similar antihistamines/cold and flu drugs) and Tylenol PM (and similar OTC sleeping aides) did not show any relationship to…

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Abilify is used as an add-on drug for depression, but it most often causes weight gain. Doesn’t that increase depression — especially for women? That’s the question I posed to Dr. Candida Fink, board-certified psychiatrist in child, adolescent and general psychiatry in the part 2 of our interview: Is Abilify Worth the Risks?" Following are shortened and paraphrased quotes from our session. In response to my question why take the risks Abilify brings, Dr. Fink notes,  "When you go to prescribe a medication, when are the risks of not using a medication potentially equal the risks of medicating. Now the…

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The evening that my mother sat me down and told me the facts of life, as they were so quaintly and euphemistically called, we talked about the mechanics of puberty without covering sex. I learned about menstruation, sanitary napkins (anyone remember them?), a bit about the birth process and the womb. The womb, my mother told me, was a safe place for the baby where the food it needed flowed, predigested, down the umbilical cord through a filter that cleansed it of any impurities before it got to the unborn baby. I recall she used the term "placental barrier" but…

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